Hi all, now that the blog has been revived by the Ilkley Literature Festival reading group, I have decided to try using it to promote the REAL, LIVE, IN PERSON and STILL GOING Green Reads Leeds group, which meets in Headingley every month. I will be letting you all know what we will be reading next and, hopefully, providing summaries of our discussions. I am also trying to train myself to become more blog-literate and so develop the capability to create more exciting posts. Let’s see how that works!
In our last session we read Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meat – it is a brilliant book! I can’t recommend it enough. I will be posting a blog about our discussion at the weekend!
We next meet on November 17th – at Arcadia in Headingley from 7-9pm, to talk about Patrick Barkham’s Badgerlands. I am so glad one of our regular members suggested this book – it is a really timely read given the threat badgers have been under (and still are) – and so far, I am finding it a great read: it aims to investigate the complicated relationship between badgers and humans in the UK and to put this in historical context – so far I have experienced linguistic, historical and literary revelations! I really do recommend it!
Why not join in here?
If you are reading this, fancy reading the book, but cannot come to the group – then why not let us know what you think about it here. You could share your favourite snippets, your thoughts about the approach Barkham takes, your own experience with badgers or ideas about other books we could read (for example). Reading Badgerlands really makes me want to return to Wind in the Willows – maybe I will, as a Christmas treat.
In December we will be reading a Green Reads classic – the seminal Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. I will post the date for this meeting when it has been agreed. And I am hoping that in January we can look at Silent Spring Revisited by Conor Mark Jameson – but I have to debate it with the group. I will keep you posted!
Right – well, it is back to the badgers for me. I will post a follow-up blog about Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy soon, with some thought-provoking links about what it means to be human. And then, I will rave about My Year of Meat in the hope that some of you will be seduced and go read it!